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    Re: Foundation less Lang questions

    That sounds fine. In your supers I would place a drawn comb or two,(however many you like), and put them in the middle. Then I would put the FL frames on the outside. We spin out FL frames every...
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    Re: Foundation less Lang questions

    Foundation and foundationless sounds good in honey supers. However, my bees preferred to ignore the foundation and draw the FL frames out very wide. Making not so nice combs. For your supers, IMO,...
  3. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    I probably don't have more experience. But I would like to respond. There have been beekeepers who, after finding I am TF and foundationless no longer speak with me. No joke.

    My colony losses...
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    Re: requeening and splitting a hive..

    Please delete.
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    Re: Foundation less Lang questions

    If you use foundation, bees do prefer wax. In my experience, bees will prefer foundationless. Save yourself $40 per hive and go foundationless. Make sure your hives are level and don't look back....
  6. Re: What would you do with clusters at top of hives?

    Just because the cluster is at the top doesn't mean they are out of stores. Like others have said, I would tend to leave them be. I would not move any frames around. With temps in the 60's, I...
  7. Thread: Cell Builder

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    Re: Cell Builder

    Take this with an extreme grain of salt. But if you just now have drone cells, then it is probably too early to start your queens. You will need sexually mature drones for the queen to get mated.
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    Re: Splitting the hive before a swarm

    If I find swarm cells in a hive, I do a "swarm control split". Thanks Michael Bush:

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#swarmcontrol

    Once the bees have swarm cells with eggs in them,...
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    Re: Depressing.. Gotta tell ya

    My bees almost never respond to a tap of the hive. When I move them in the winter, they may make a bit of noise. Even then they probably would not. The lack of movement is concerning.
  10. Re: add boxes top or bottom with foundationless frames

    I have ran foundationless for the last few years. Never really thought about putting a super or brood box on the bottom. We just add them to the top. Like others have mentioned moving a drawn, or...
  11. Re: Keeping Nuc's and full sized hives in the same spot

    We have two yards. My home apiary typically has robbing issues during our dearths. Nucs will get robbed. I have tried tiny entrances and robbing screens. They work for a time. Eventually the...
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    Re: foundationless frames in langstroth

    Correct, we spin the frame about half out, flip it, spin the other half out, flip it, then finish the first side. Our extractor is a centrifugal that swings the frames back and forth easily. With a...
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    Re: foundationless frames in langstroth

    Not attaching the comb to the bottom of the frame is quite common. For me it is not a problem. I have noticed this is more common with mediums than deeps (for my bees anyways).


    Shane
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    Re: "Notching" comb after a split?

    Mel's book is well worth the money. The material might all be on his site, but I really like having a physical book. Nice to support his work as well.

    Shane
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    Re: foundationless frames in langstroth

    In the past we would wire the frames. Sometimes the bees would "work around" the wire so to speak. Even with deeps I prefer not to wire. Seems best to me just to drop the the FL frames in the hive....
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    Re: frozen maple buds....

    Your maples will most likely produce nectar and pollen this year. It seems the very early bloomers are much more resilient to freezes than the early bloomers, such as black locust.

    Shane
  17. Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    In VA our hive average is about 35 to 40 pounds, probably less in our mountains. I would be exceedingly thankful if we could pull 5-6 supers per hive. Sometimes we get a hive that will produce two...
  18. Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    With decent hive management you should make a profit every year. We have no problem selling every bit of honey we produce. We are in the black every year, and have not started selling wax or bees....
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    We will probably do "cut down" splits around the first of may. We probably make our summer splits the second week of July. Towards the end of the sourwood bloom.

    Shane
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    Re: slight break in cold feeding

    That is exactly what I am planning on doing this Saturday. We are supposed to hit 43 this Saturday. Unless I am sure the hive has enough stores, I am going to do a quick check.

    Shane
  21. Re: honey tap

    Honey Taps are what most distant family and friends think come standard with all hives...
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    Re: Water source: how close?

    My bees ignored the water sources I have put out for them. We have several ponds, small creeks and other sources close by.
  23. Re: I think my bees might be foundation challenged. . . pics included

    Some bees just do not like plastic foundation. Drop an empty frame in and let them pull it out. In my experience bees tend to draw nice comb in the broodnest.

    Shane
  24. Thread: Hot hive

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    Re: Hot hive

    Treat it like a cut out. Go in and do what you have to do. Crush and strain the honey combs. Strap the brood combs into some frames.

    Shane
  25. Thread: Hot hive

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    Re: Hot hive

    Yeah, like FLBEEK said, simply requeen and be done with it.
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